Phillies extend winning streak to 4 with 2-1 win over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Michael Chavis made the right call. He didn’t throw right. Didi Gregorius and the growing Philadelphia Phillies were just too happy to take advantage.

Gregorius raced home when Chavis attempted to cut Gregorius in third place, helping the Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Saturday night.

Philadelphia’s Rhys Hoskins led 10th with a sharp grounder for Chavis at first base. Instead of trying to bag Hoskins out, Chavis tried to surprise Gregorius, moving from second to third.

The throw handcuffed Pittsburgh third baseman K’Brien Hayes and rolled into the wrong field, causing the sliding Gregorius to pop up and sprint to the plate to lead the Phillies to their fourth straight win.

Chavis put part of the blame on hold. He essentially bowled a two-seam fastball to Hayes, making it closer to third.

“I honestly think it was a pretty good throw until it was even a little bit,” Chavis said. “If I catch a four-seam, it’s a completely different conversation. That’s baseball.”

Corey Nebel (3-5) worked two unscored innings to win, his 14th consecutive scoreless performance. Nebel started 10th by picking up Pirates rookie O’Neill Cruz at second base, then retired the final two batters as Philadelphia matched a season high by moving seven games above .500 (54–47). .

“That was all blank,” said Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson. “He thought (Cruise) was taking a huge lead and he was probably about to run. It was great inside move.”

The baserunning fault marked the second nights for the cruise. The 6-foot-7 shortstop was doubled from first base in a loss on Friday night, when he partially passed second base and then neglected to touch it when returning first on a fly-out by a teammate .

“In these situations, I can’t let them kill me,” Cruz said. “I just want to grow them.”

JT Realmuto had two of Philadelphia’s six hits, with his 10th home run of the season leading up to sixth.

Pittsburgh’s Cal Mitchell tied the game with his fourth home run in the seventh, turning a 99 mph fastball off Jose Alvardo and sending it into the seats of right field. Chavis had two singles for the Pirates, which were limited to four hits. Yeri de los Santos took the defeat (0-3).

The Pirates have lost six games in a row, all by two runs or less.

“We have to keep going,” said Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton. “We have to keep teaching. It can be frustrating, it’s very frustrating to lose games like this.”

Philadelphia Ranger Suarez worked six shutout innings as he neared the anniversary of his transition from reliever to starter. Suárez previously faced and faced 11 Pirates and surrendered three singles with a walk and a hit batter, while hitting a season-high eight and reducing his ERA to 3.60.

While Suarez was cruising extensively, Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller worked everywhere on the scoreboard.

Keller needed 26 pitches to get through a base-loaded first-inning jam and some heads-up defense, despite dropping a bevy of hard-hitting balls to become more efficient.

The game was still scoreless in the sixth when Realmuto sent a 94 mph fastball to the 21-foot-high Clemente Wall to put the Phillies in front. Keller retired the next three batsmen and walked out after allowing one run on five hits, bringing down his ERA to 4.37 with three walks and three strikes, the lowest in all seasons.

“We were definitely struggling with some traffic without (my) best stuff, so getting out there with six (innings) and one (run) – it’s a big deal,” Keller said.

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Philadelphia selected fielder Johann Camargo at Triple-A Leigh Valley after the game. Phillips made the move after receiving infielder Edmondo Sosa from St. Louis in exchange for left-handed reliever Jojo Romero.

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Phillies: Placed RHP Kyle Gibson on a bereavement list following the death of his grandmother. Gibson will miss his next scheduled start against Milwaukee on Tuesday. Reliever Mark Appel, the top pick in the 2013 draft, who finally made his major league debut in June, was recalled from Triple-A Leigh Valley. … SS Jean Segura (broken right forefinger) had nine innings at second base on both Saturday and Sunday in the Leh Valley.

Pirates: LHP Chase de Jong (knee) threw a bullpen session on Saturday and will be re-evaluated on Sunday. De Jong joined the 10-day injured list with knee tendonitis on July 17.


The series will conclude on Sunday. Aaron Nola (6-8, 3.32 ERA) starts for the Phillies against Pittsburgh’s JT Brubaker (2-8, 3.96).


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